Special screening of the awarded documentary Sand Wars, introduced by Professor Ton Hoitink (WUR, Environmental Fluid Mechanics), expert on flow processes and river bed changes in deltas. This sceening is one of the ‘Sand Week Activities’ by Studium Generale (WUR). There will be a Q&A after the screening.
Sand is everywhere around us, even if we never visit a beach or desert. After fresh water, sand is the most consumed natural resource on the planet. Houses, skyscrapers, bridges, airports, sidewalks, computer chips, even many cosmetics are basically made of sand. And it’s getting scarce. The demand for specific types of sand is wreaking environmental havoc around the world, with riverbeds and beaches being stripped bare, ocean beds denuded, and landscapes devastated.
Based on encounters with sand smugglers, barefoot millionaires, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this movie takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the ‘sand wars’ have begun.
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